To work with printmaking techniques is to me a way to communicate with the history of books and publishing. The book format has been a central part of my practice since my first solo show in 1996, both as one-of-a-kind books and printed limited editions (sometimes also digital printed in bigger editions).
The text as an image and the print as an object, possible to experience with all our senses, has become my main interest as a visual artist. As a consequence of that, the musical aspect of the language, the text as a notation for the spoken word, has also caught my interest the last few years. Typewriting has become part of that path.
Readability is a word that I keep coming back to. I try to find the balance between the readable text and the visual, the tactile and more intuitive understanding of the text or book. Maps and mapping is also something that I keep coming back to, as a kind of abstract language - readable or not.
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The Gutenberg Codex, 2017, 13x13 cm, 16 pages
Bookled printed 2016, text on the back of the cover:
"The open face of the child is following me; a moment of experience, not yet formulated, mirrored in its eyes. Sticking its togue out to taste freedom. Listening.
Lonelinyess has no name, but I decided to call it The Child. The eyes of The Child are silent, but full of attention - opening up the whole world during a magic everlastingmoment. There to stay."
(Hocus Pocus has no meaning in Latin)
The body of space is the theme for this book. Raised spacing material used to print on transparant paper. Light and darkness, the void materialised. Letterpress printed, 2016.
"My desk as a stage" is a format I've used in several exhibitions, sometimes for performing texts with typewriters, but in this case with recorded sounds from three different artists books, as part of the exhibition "PrintXL" at Meken, a municipal art gallery in Smedjebacken in Sweden, during the summer 2016.
Meken Smedjebacken 2016
an M-story (translated into O), letterpress printed 2016
"enot le den" typewrited and drawn as a ona-of-a-kind booklet, linocut on cover, paper from Lessebo papermill, 2014
"Vägbeskrivning", digital printed, 2001
serie of letterpress printed booklets, 2010-2014
These spreads are from the booklet "JAG SKRIVER INTE" ("I DO NOT WRITE"), 2014
The booklet "Instructions", 2011
"Mekanikens Poetik" three letterpress printed boxes, based on three vowels: OEI, oei, size: 43x35 cm, 2010
"page 184-185", drypoint on handmade linnen paper, 1995
"Musical Notation I", lithography, 1996
"Booked Room XVII", from a serie of 17 different objects, letterpress printed titel page, hard cover with wallpaper, 2006
Moa Martinson Square in Stockholm, public commission completed 2012
I had to print those sculptures - monumental type art, 2015. The similarities with the shapes of the presses is striking, is'nt it!
M2, letterpress, 55x60 cm, 2014
tre små ord / three small words
performed at Västerås Art Museum, Nov 28th, 2015, on a Corona Silent, a Silver Reed and a Facit electric.
Lina Nordenström was born in Stockholm in 1963. She is primarily working with prints, drawings and artists’ books , but also with public commissions. She studied at Gothenburg University 1982-85, The College of Printmaking Arts in Stockholm 1991-95 and the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm from 2000 to 2001. Since 1995 she has been exhibiting regularly in Sweden and internationally.
The last few years Lina Nordenström has been a guest teacher on a regular basis at The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, teaching about artists books and letterpress.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Tate Library, London
Bower Ashton Library collection, UWE, Bristol
The British Museum, London
Saison Poetry Library at Southbank Centre, London
*The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Meermaano museum, Netherlands
National Gallery, Oslo
National Gallery, Warsawa
Kaliningrad Art Gallery
Chong Qing Artistic Association in China
Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm
The Royal Library, Stockholm
The Swedish Art Council
The Swedish Parliament
Norrköping Art Museum, Sweden
Sandviken Art Gallery, Sweden
Museum Anna Norlander, Sweden
Västerås Art Museum, Sweden
Prizes and awards:
Government Grant from The Arts Grants Committee 1998-99, 2003-04, 2010-11
Erik Wessel-Fougstedt Award, 2005
prize winner, Print Triennal, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm 2003
Albert Bonniers Memorial Award for artists, 2003
Fellowship, The Ballinglen Arts foundation, Ballycastle County Mayo, Ireland 2002
Wilhelm Wohlfarths Travel Award 1997
”The Small Graphic Art Prize” The Center for Printmaking Arts in Mariefred 1995
Falu Hospital, 2013
Moa Martinsons Square, Stockholm, 2012
Uppsala County Public Transport Center, 2010
The Students House, University of Borlänge, 2004
Selection of solo exhibitions:
Jakobsbergs Municipal Art Gallery, Stockholm, 2014
Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, 2012
Ebeling Museum, Eskilstuna, 2011
Tengbom Hall, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Sweden, Stockholm, 2008
Original Print Gallery, Dublin, 2007
Galleri Astley, Uttersberg, 2006
Svenska Bilder Gallery, Stockholm, 1996, 2000, 2003
Books and scripts at the Swedish Parliaments new library for the opening ceremony, 1995
Selection of group exhibitions:
"PrintXL", Meken, municipal art gallery in Smedjebacken Sweden, 2016
"The Magic Line", Nora Art, municipal art gallery in Nora Sweden, 2016
"Here and now - !", Västerås Art Museum, Sweden 2015-2016
"Nordic Artists Books", Galleri Jangva, Helsinki, Galleri Astley, Uttersberg, 2015
"Exquisite Editions", international exhibition with private press books, The National Print Museum, Dublin, 2015
National Print Triennale, Stockholm and Uppsala, 1992, 2003, 2007, 2014
Galleri Astley i Uttersberg, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2016
Print Biennale, Kaliningrad Art Gallery, 2011
Book Art from Europe, Leksand Art Gallery, 2010
“Objects speaking beyond theories” Form Design Center, Malmö, Edsvik konsthall, Sollentuna, etc. 2009-2010
“Revelation”, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 2008
Prints from Sweden, Mosambique, 2008
Swedish Prints, Galleri Snaeros, Island, 2008
Two Lines Gallery, Peking, 2007
Royal Hibernian Academy - annual exhibition, 2004, 2006
”Of place, in time”, Lavit Gallery, Cork, Ireland, 2006
"Swedish Graphic Art – from tradition to the future" in Ljubljana, Moldavia, Kaliningrad, Minsk 2004-08
ARTitecture, Grafikens Hus, Mariefred, 2001
“Northern Light – Contemporary Swedish Art”, Center forthe Arts, Vero Beach Florida, 2001
”The book as an object” at Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, 1996-97
Artists’ books, Grafikens Hus, Mariefred, 1996
the National Swedish Printmakers Association
the Swedish Artists National Organization, KRO
Uttersberg 20, 739 92 Skinnskatteberg, Sweden